Grandma's Italian Style Rice Pudding Recipe
Best Ever Italian Style Rice Pudding because it's Grandma's recipe!
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk or half and half
3/4 cup extra milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Italian Arborio rice
1 3/4 cups water to boil the rice in or coconut water
1 cinnamon stick (new ingredient to make it over the top great!)
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
freshly ground nutmeg
Optional: 2/3 cups golden raisins or regular raisins
In a small saucepan add 1 3/4 cups water, 1 cinnamon stick and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Add the rice to the pot on low simmer. Cover and cook for 12 minutes or until soft.
Grab another clean medium size saucepan and add the cooked rice, 2 cups milk with cinnamon stick and 3/4 cup sugar.
Cook for around 30 to 35 minutes or until creamy and thick like a pudding and not watery looking (stirring occasionally on low heat.) Stir in the last 3/4 cup of milk, beaten egg and raisins if using and keep stirring on medium heat stirring constantly around another 2 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and take off from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla.
Garnish with cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg.
Other suggestions for the raisin haters (smile) chopped up maraschino cherries, dates, figs and use for just on top to garnish. We really love this just plain too, it's fabulous!
+claudia lamascolo Author